The management and conservation of bee species native to the Amazon result in high quality honey and help to keep the forest intact. It is under this premise that the 62 members of the Cooperative of Breeders of Indigenous Bees of the Amazon (Coopmel), located in Boa Vista do Ramos, work.
The group started its activities with meliponiculture more than 15 years ago, as an activity for income generation, developed in their own homes. In the beginning, in partnership with IMAFLORA, the Federal University of Amazonas, the National Research Institute of the Amazon and Sebrae, the producers organized themselves in an association called Acaiá, investing in the training of members and in the development of techniques for handling bees and handling honey.
With the increase in production and the number of members, Coopmel was created, which works exclusively with honey from stingless bees, which today is part of the Ark of Taste, of the Slow Food movement (world catalog that identifies, locates, describes and disseminates flavors of products threatened with extinction, but still alive and with real productive and commercial potential).
Bees are not fed with syrups or any other type of chemical substance, and pesticides are not used in the vicinity of the bee houses. Degraded areas are recovered by planting native fruit trees, which helps in feeding the bees and, with pollination, in the production of fruits for consumption and sale.
The cooperative members are men, women and young people, family farmers in the rural area, located in more than 12 rural communities in Boa Vista do Ramos and Maués.
With a revenue of BRL 22,000/year, Coopmel has a processing agribusiness, the State Inspection Service Seal (SIE), in addition to being a relatively well-known brand, and is in the process of restructuring the business model, logistics improvement, market strategy and also seeks to obtain the Federal Inspection Seal (SIF) to sell in other states of Brazil and in other countries. The business is supported by the Municipality of Boa Vista do Ramos and Nordesta Reflorestamento e Educação.
What was said about the business
STAGE OF BUSINESS
ABOUT THE BUSINESS
Cooperative of honey production of native bees.
WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?
Increase the production of honey, spread knowledge about the colonization of stingless bees – which promotes the conservation of the Amazon rainforest – increase the income of families and avoid deforestation.
POSITIVE SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Honey production close to the homes and with low labor demand, enabling income diversity, forest conservation, pollination and increased income. Training and technical visits. Under the process of certification to increase production and commercialization.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
ZERO HUNGER AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
The product has a market differential, reaching BRL 100 per liter, but is sold at lower prices due to the logistical difficulties and absence of the SIF certificate. Niche of medicinal products. It is currently sold in Manaus.
Current revenue of BRL 22 thousand/year. In the restructuring phase of the business model, logistical resolutions, e-commerce market strategy and access to the Federal Inspection Service Seal (SIF) for out-of-state sales.
DOES IT MAKE ITS PURPOSE CLEAR?
DOES IT MONITOR ITS IMPACT?
JAIR RODRIGUES ARRUDA